Today's News

  • Commissioners send solar farm rules back to planning board

    Brunswick County commissioners said they favor changes to the rules for solar farms presented at the Nov. 20 county meeting, just not the changes proposed on the agenda.

    Despite unanimous support from members of the Brunswick County Planning Board for changes to Unified Development Ordinance regarding solar farms, the county board sent the proposal back for another review.

  • Pelican Square Shopping Center sees new life

    Changes have begun at Pelican Square Shopping Center at 1645 Seaside Road SW in Ocean Isle Beach, the former home of Sunset Beach’s Food Lion grocery store.

    Lat Purser and Associates Inc. bought the 42,421-square-foot shopping center in July, brokers Phil Begany and Will Oakes said.

    Lat Purser has been involved in management of the shopping center for 15 years, Begany said.

    The Raleigh-based redeveloper began work in November on upgrading the storefront.

  • You decide: Is another transportation transformation ahead?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    It’s commonly thought we are now living in the greatest time period of change. Technology is affecting

    how we live, work and communicate in amazing ways, and the changes will continue.

  • Trying to turn the tides on homelessness, addiction

    By now you may have read or heard about 34-year-old Johnny Bobbitt Jr., a Marine, paramedic and firefighter from Henderson who was living on the streets of Philadelphia.

  • Remember charities during season of giving

    This Friday, Brunswick County will begin accepting applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program, or LIEAP. The annual program provides a one-time annual vendor payment to help impoverished households offset winter heating expenses.

    It also serves to remind us that while we are preparing to celebrate the holidays, many of our neighbors are struggling to survive.

    Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday and Cyber Monday were followed this past week by Giving Tuesday, a day meant to encourage charitable giving across the globe in the season of goodwill.

  • It’s time to kick baking season into high gear

    Thanksgiving has come and gone, so it’s time to start baking. And remember, Christmas cookies don’t have any calories, so you can bake up as many batches as you want!

    The Christmas holiday season means cookies… lots of cookies! It’s time to start thinking about what cookies to bake for your family, for gifts and for just munching while wrapping all those holiday presents.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    “… the tree may be known by the fruit, as the fruit by the tree …”

                King Henry IV, part 1; Act 4, Scene 2.


     Shakespeare would have made a fine plant taxonomist, as he understood the importance of fruits in identifying plants.

  • When in doubt, go with your gut feeling

    By Linda Arnold


    How much time do you spend turning things over in your mind — again and again? It’s hard to make a move because you keep second-guessing yourself.

    Wouldn’t it be nice if we had personal fact checkers, like the political ones, to filter out those obsessive thoughts in our heads? You know … the ones that can often run rampant and build on top of each other. 

  • What does it mean to be a person?

    I remember the day and time when I first heard someone refer to my infant daughter as a person. The wooden threshold of our kitchen doorway was in need of repair. I began the typical search for a carpenter to fix it and stumbled upon a delightful man who arrived with tools in hand and a smile on his face. A heavy accent indicated his Jewish heritage and made our conversation a tad stilted at first.

  • The most wonderful time of year begins Dec. 1